Ideal office wear is the one that is comfortable, professional, yet stylish. It should be able to leave an impression without being dramatic.
Lockdown is over. Malls, markets, schools, and colleges are reopening. And so is your office. Welcome back 9-5, dreadful desk hours, and a never-ending struggle to figure out a new ensemble for a new day at the desk.
Ideal office wear is vital.
Especially if you are going for a college interview or a job interview. You need to be at the top of your personality game in today’s competitive world. Yes, we know that personality is more than your outfit. But your clothes can make or break the first impression, without even you saying anything.
A survey reveals that a well-dressed person tends to leave a longer-lasting impression on the interviewer.
If you want to crack that business proposal, you would need an air of authority and confidence. And when you dress right, you walk confidently, and you stand out.
Now that we have made our point, the remaining questions are – what is an ideal office wear? How to style your wardrobe professionally?
First thing first. Ideal office wear is the one that is comfortable, professional, yet stylish. It should be able to leave an impression without being dramatic.
So what office wear do we suggest for your upcoming interview or the next day at work? Here are some combinations that make up a sophisticated yet elegant outfit.
1. Work Pantsuits
If you want to crack that crucial meeting, then pantsuits are your pick. They speak business like none other. They exude authority and demand attention. However, you need to be cautious about its fitting. A too-lose or too-tight pantsuit might end up looking cheap. A well-fitted dark blue pantsuit can turn out to be your lucky formal outfit.
2. Sober Blouse and High Rise Trousers
Take out a chic blouse from your wardrobe. It can be color-blocked or with minimal print. We recommend a black plain blouse and gray plaid trousers. Accessorize with a black leather belt and kitten heels. For a hectic day at work, this combination is easy to move around in and is stylish.
3. Blouse and A Business Skirt
You can pair the business skirt with a formal blouse or add some life to your look with a minimal print. We are, specifically, obsessed with a combination of a light-toned blouse and a maroon pencil skirt. With an appearance like that, you are coming out of the interview room with an offer letter in hand.
4. Formal Dresses
A formal office party or a meeting with a super important client, a business dress is the way to rock it. You can never go wrong with classic black knee-length dresses. Add a glint to your look with a pair of stud earrings. Top the look chart with leather stilettos.
5. Plain T-shirt, Blazer & Relaxed jeans
Denim jeans are something that everyone has in their rack. Grab a pair of relaxed jeans and wear a plain v-neck t-shirt. Give your outfit a professional edge with a formal blazer. This is just “the” everyday office wear outfit. Also, it will not fail you on a casual-professional Friday.
6. Sophisticated Sarees
We are talking about mellow-toned cotton sarees.
Though cotton is a preferred fabric for an office setting, a good quality rayon, silk chiffon, georgette also fits the environment swimmingly.
Wrapped in a professional-looking saree, you will represent the modern Indian woman who can handle whatever the day throws her way.
7. Skirt Suits
Skirt suits have been a part of a working woman’s wardrobe for ages. They are formal and feminine.
They can be understated with nude lipstick and kitten heels. Or you can go all bold & brave in a skirt suit with dark lipstick and ankle strap heels. While black, blue, or grey ones are go-to, but a pastel-colored skirt suit has our heart. Take your pick!
8. Palazzo Pants and Shirts
Palazzo pants are the flavor of the season. It is the comfort factor that makes palazzos a vogue in every theme. Just pair them suitably for a professional appeal. A nicely tucked shirt and a watch on your wrist are the perfect company for your palazzo pants.
9. Indian-Professional Suits
When played with suitable hues, suits are comfortable and can look professional.
However, limit your suits to earthy tones or pastel ones. A plain suit is the ideal one for the desk. You can also work with minimal prints. Look out for Deepika Padukone’s “Piku” movie outfits for inspiration.
The Indo-Western look is the talk of the town, and you don’t want to miss out. So go grab a Kurti. We recommend a short Kurti. Button up your jeans next and walk in sandals. Though this combination is not for major formal events, wear it for a break from your usual strict formals.
That was the list of our top 10 outfits for formal wear.
However, if you drain out all these ideas or are eager to experiment, we have a short guide that can decode it all for you.
Office Wear Decoded
For creating a professional attire of your own, just stick to these rules and do whatever you want next.
- Know the dress code of your office. If something is not allowed in your office, avoid it.
- Comfort is the key. You would need to move around or bend during your work hours. Keep that in mind while planning your Monday outfit.
- Earthy, pastels, blacks, whites, dark blues, or gray colors. While a splash of bright color doesn’t harm anyone, don’t go overboard with it.
- Minimal and sophisticated accessories. Please don’t look like you came straight out of a jewelry store. You can select heels, belts, earrings, a small pendant, or a watch.
- A good fitting is the only way. Your office wear should not be too tight or too loose.
- Always dress according to the season or the temperature of your office.
- Say no to glitters or neon overalls.